SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

March 21, 2001                                                                                                       Hearing Room B

1:00 PM                                                                                                                        Tapes 60 - 62

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Bill Fisher, Chair

Sen. Margaret Carter, Vice-Chair

Sen. Gary George

Sen. Frank Shields

Sen. Ken Messerle

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Rick Berkobien, Administrator

Andrew Morris, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:           SJR 35 Work Session

                                                SB 436 Public Hearing

                                                HB 2696 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 8 Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 164 Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 60, A

004

Chair Fisher

Calls meeting to order at 1:13 p.m. and opens a public hearing on        SB 436.

SB 436 PUBLIC HEARING

005

Sen. Verne Duncan

SD 12.  Testifies in support of SB 436.  Explains the background of the bill.

018

Chair Fisher

Comments on the fiscal impact.

025

Sen. Duncan

Explains the importance of watching over childcare providers. 

038

Rep. Vicki Walker

HD 41.  Testifies in support of SB 436.  Discusses the importance of reviewing childcare facilities.  Talks about safety issues. 

090

Sen. George

Asks about reviewing safety features for providers.

095

Rep. Walker

Responds by explaining recalled products. 

120

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 436 and opens a work session on    SJR 35.

SJR 35 PUBLIC HEARING

130

Rick Berkobien

Administrator.  Explains SJR 35.

138

Sen. Carter

States a need for a bipartisan approach. 

145

Sen. George

States the intention of SJR 35 is to have a bipartisan approach.

 

 

 

166

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SJR 35 and opens a public hearing on      SB 436.

SB 436 PUBLIC HEARING

183

David Baronberg

Oregon Commission for Childcare.  Testifies in support of SB 436.  States the bill is included in the governor’s budget.  Comments on the current review process.

250

Mark Overbeck

Interim Director, Oregon Commission for Childcare.  Testifies in support of SB 436.  Enters a letter from Sen. Bev Clarno into the record (EXHIBIT A).

270

Tom Olson

Employment Department.  Presents testimony in support of SB 436 (EXHIBIT B). 

316

Chair Fisher

Comments on the intent of the bill.

349

Sen. George

Asks how long the federal funds will be available.

356

Olson

Responds the funds are a priority of congress.

375

Sen. Carter

Comments on the importance of continuing education.

397

Olson

Relates personal goal to provide education.  Discusses safety issues.

418

Jeannie Suihkonen

Provider.  Testifies in support of SB 436.  Describes her background.

TAPE 61, A

020

Suihkonen

Continues testimony in support of SB 436.

049

Cindy Hammond

Provider.  Testifies in support SB 436.  Conveys the importance of having regulations.

072

Sen. Carter

States support of SB 436.

090

Sen. George

States the same bill should be incorporated into foster care.

107

Chair Fisher

Enters a letter from Cindy Nelson into the record (EXHIBIT C).

109

Andrea Brandt-Amor

Parent.  Testifies in support of SB 436.  Relates a personal experience involving the death of her son while he was in daycare. 

160

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 436 and opens a work session on      SB 436.

SB 436 WORK SESSION

165

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves SB 436 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0

AYE:               4 - Carter, George, Messerle, Fisher

EXCUSED:     1 - Shields

175

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. CARTER will lead discussion on the floor.

179

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 436 and opens a public hearing on   HB 2696.

HB 2696 PUBLIC HEARING

180

Berkobien

Explains HB 2696 and the –1 amendments to the committee.

222

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on HB 2696 and reopens the work session on SB 436.

SB 436 WORK SESSION

226

Sen. Messerle

MOTION:  Requests unanimous consent that the rules be SUSPENDED to allow SEN. SHIELDS to BE RECORDED as voting AYE on SB 436 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

233

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 436 and reopens the public hearing on  HB 2696.

HB 2696 PUBLIC HEARING

240

Baronberg

Testifies in support of HB 2696.  States it is important to incorporate the business community into childcare issues.

260

Overbeck

Testifies in support of HB 2696. 

272

Sen. Messerle

Comments on the affects of large committees.

279

Baronberg

Explains how work is done on the Commission for Childcare.

308

Greg Leo

Oregon Alliance for Affordable Childcare.  Presents testimony in support of HB 2696 (EXHIBIT D).  Comments the importance of childcare.

347

Chair Fisher

States support of adding business people on committees and task forces. 

375

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on HB 2696 and opens a work session on  HB 2696.

HB 2696 WORK SESSION

382

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT HB 2696-1 amendments dated 03/05/01.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

AYE:               5 - Carter, George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

387

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

390

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves HB 2696 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  5-0

AYE:               5 - Carter, George, Messerle, Shields, Fisher

405

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. GEORGE will lead discussion on the floor.

TAPE 60, B

000

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on HB 2696 and opens a public hearing on   SB 164.

SB 164 PUBLIC HEARING

002

Berkobien

Explains SB 164 to the committee.  Enters letters on SB 164 into the record (EXHIBIT E).

023

Sen. Shields

Comments on SB 164.   

101

Sen. Carter

Provides follow-up to Sen. Shields’ comments.

115

Chair Fisher

Provides further follow-up to Sen. Shields’ comments.

151

Sen. Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 164 and opens a public hearing on   SB 8.

SB 8 PUBLIC HEARING

158

Berkobien

Reviews SB 8 and the –3 amendments.

202

Mark Nelson

Oregon Society of Clinical Social Workers.  Testifies in opposition to SB 8 (EXHIBIT F).  Reviews SB 8 from the perspective of clinical social workers.  States that coverage for treatment of alcohol and drug addiction would be eliminated under SB 8.

356

Chair Fisher

Asks how the statistics are derived.

360

Nelson

Relates the amount of people enrolled in small employer insurance programs. 

389

Chair Fisher

Asks if all small businesses would use the proposed plan.

392

Nelson

Responds no.  Provides opinion of SB 8. 

TAPE 61, B

000

Sen. Shields

Asks about minimum insurance coverage.

005

Nelson

Responds the proposal would lower insurance coverage for many people.

020

Sen. Carter

Comments on the intention of SB 8. 

037

Chair Fisher

States the bill allows for options.

045

Sen. Carter

Comments on insurance coverage.

050

Chair Fisher

States that people are dropping out of insurance plans because of costs and the bill would allow for more people to be covered. 

067

Nelson

Explains people will go for the lower threshold if they can save money. 

087

Chair Fisher

Asks if the bill could cover people who do not have insurance currently.

092

Nelson

Responds it is a possibility. 

098

Chair Fisher

Comments on insurance coverage in the work place.  Gives the reasoning behind SB 8. 

121

Nelson

Provides further opinion.

130

J.L. Wilson

National Federation of Independent Businesses.  Testifies in support of SB 8.  Comments on testimony at previous meetings.  Explains healthcare costs for small business employers.  Rebuts Nelson’s testimony. 

179

Sen. George

Points out the proposal permits additional coverage to be purchased.

190

Wilson

Comments on supplemental policies.

204

Karen Smith

Director of Legislation, Senate President’s Office.  Testifies in support of SB 8.  Explains the intentions of SB 8.  States the legislation move away from mandates.  Comments on previous legislation.  Explains the –3 amendments. 

265

Doug Barber

Oregon Association of Underwriters.  Testifies in support of SB 8.  Explains that many employers would not purchase the proposed package.  States that some employers are not able to afford increasing health costs. 

292

Sen. Shields

Asks for clarification of Barber’s testimony.

296

Barber

Responds by explaining his testimony. 

307

Chair Fisher

Closes the public hearing on SB 8 and opens a work session on SB 8.

SB 8 WORK SESSION

320

Sen. Carter

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 8-4 amendments dated 03/21/01.

 

 

VOTE:  2-3

AYE:               2 – Carter, Shields

NAY:               3 – George, Messerle, Fisher

351

Chair Fisher

The motion FAILS.

TAPE 62, A (Tape 62 was inadvertently erased, please refer to the end of 61, B)

012

Sen. George

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 8-3 amendments dated 03/20/01.

 

 

VOTE:  3-2

AYE:               3 - George, Messerle, Fisher

NAY:               2 - Carter, Shields

016

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

019

Sen. George

MOTION:  Moves SB 8 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-2

AYE:               3 - George, Messerle, Fisher

NAY:               2 - Carter, Shields

026

Chair Fisher

The motion CARRIES.

SEN. DERFLER will lead discussion on the floor.

027

Chair Fisher

Closes the work session on SB 8 and adjourns the meeting.

 

Submitted By,                                                                           Reviewed By,

 

 

 

Andrew Morris,                                                                        Rick Berkobien,

Committee Assistant                                                                 Administrator

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – SB 436, Letter from Sen. Bev Clarno, Mark Overbeck, 1 p.

B – SB 436, Written testimony, Tom Olson, 2 pp.

C – SB 436, Letter from Cindy Nelson, Sen. Bill Fisher, 1 p.

D – HB 2696, Written testimony, Greg Leo, 1 p.

E – SB 164, Letters, Rick Berkobien, 2 pp.

F – SB 8, Information, Mark Nelson, 8 pp.